In Ink and Bone, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely. Now, she continues the story of those who dare to defy the Great Library—and rewrite history…
With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.
Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.
Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.
But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…
**I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.**
Oh boy, did I love the first book in this series Ink and Bone. You can even read my gushing review here (one of my firsts so bare with me). I loved how absolutely action packed the first book was and how fresh how important, and diverse, the other characters were in the book. With that being kept in mind, compared to the first book Paper and Fire is intense and brutal than the first book due to how close the characters are to The Archivist, a man who is one cruel son-of-a-bitch.
One thing that I will say that Paper and Fire did was take this series away from any comparisons to past books, something that Ink and Bone had a slight issue with. The more that this book progresses it becomes its own unique and equally fantastic story that I think that everyone should give a chance.
With that being said there were some issues with the book that stopped me from Paper and Fire that carried on as one of my only issues with Ink and Bone. This book should be told in 1st person instead of a 3rd person narrative. In the first book I was so consumed by the amazing and powerful concept of this book that I didn’t see this as much as I should have and is one of the main reasons I could not ignore. This book, especially the first one but Paper and Fire as well, involves Jess’s and the other characters internal struggle about deciding what he wants to do and what’s important to them. Unfortunately, by telling this story in the 3rd person that ability to be one with the character is lessened. I felt like in some points were I should be gripped and sweating, I felt like I was watching through a window and there was little emotional attachment to the events.
I absolutely love the well-constructed world and the absolutely riveting plots that Rachel Caine produces. I’m a little worried that she isn’t spending enough time on the development of certain romances (because let’s face it, it does happen) and in the end their going to feel rushed or unresolved. Let’s just be real, romance is good. I need passion!! But hey, that’s just me.
All in all, I thought that this was a pretty book that is engaging and well thought out second book to a very unique story that I can’t wait to continue. If you loved the story of Ink and Bone, Paper and Fire will not disappoint. Just go into it understanding that it is a middle book in a very complicated world.